The joke stemmed from host Stephen Colbert's takedown of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who’s ignored calls to retire the mascot and instead launched the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation to benefit Native Americans. To mock Snyder, Colbert slipped into his alter ego, a racist blowhard who thinks nothing of faking a bad Asian accent and calling someone a “Chinaman,” but wants to start a foundation for Asians.
Given that the ostensible target was Snyder, many thought the bit harmless and all was quiet until Park got wind of the tweet.
Of course I know what satire is...I'm a writer. Of course I know what racism is, I'm a woman of color. Duhhhh. #CancelColbert
I see how this can be offensive - especially without context, but I don't see this as different from anything Colbert has done since his show started. He's a caricature of the White Conservative Media. His comments are supposed to be exaggerated and idiotic. He's playing a character that draws attention to the idiocy of people who actually harbor these views. Asians aren't the punchline of the joke. The conservative media is.